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James Thurber

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  • There is no exception to the rule that every rule has an exception.

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  • Progress was all right. Only it went on too long.

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  • The nation that complacently and fearfully allows its artists and writers to become suspected rather than respected is no longer regarded as a nation possessed with humor or depth.

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  • There are two kinds of light - the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.

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  • With sixty staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and definite hardening of the paragraphs.

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  • Laughter need not be cut out of anything, since it improves everything.

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  • My opposition to Interviews lies in the fact that offhand answers have little value or grace of expression, and that such oral give and take helps to perpetuate the decline of the English language.

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  • I used to wake up at 4 A.M. and start sneezing, sometimes for five hours. I tried to find out what sort of allergy I had but finally came to the conclusion that it must be an allergy to consciousness.

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  • A word to the wise is not sufficient if it doesn't make sense.

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  • Unless artists can remember what it was to be a little boy, they are only half complete as artist and as man.

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  • Don't get it right, just get it written.

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  • The difference between our decadence and the Russians' is that while theirs is brutal, ours is apathetic.

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  • Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.

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  • Discussion in America means dissent.

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  • It's a naive domestic Burgundy without any breeding, but I think you'll be amused by its presumption.

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  • A drawing is always dragged down to the level of its caption.

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  • Love is what you've been through with somebody.

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  • The dog has seldom been successful in pulling man up to its level of sagacity, but man has frequently dragged the dog down to his.

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  • Sixty minutes of thinking of any kind is bound to lead to confusion and unhappiness.

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  • Early to rise and early to bed makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead.

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  • Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?

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  • Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man.

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  • Man has gone long enough, or even too long, without being man enough to face the simple truth that the trouble with man is man.

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  • I think that maybe if women and children were in charge we would get somewhere.

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  • The most dangerous food is wedding cake.

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  • Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.

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  • Women are wiser than men because they know less and understand more.

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  • Nowadays men lead lives of noisy desperation.

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  • There is no safety in numbers, or in anything else.

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  • One martini is all right. Two are too many, and three are not enough.

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